What to look out for in the year ahead
28 December 2009

Welcome to autocar.co.uk's run down of the star cars for the year ahead.

Manufacturer by manufacturer we've listed all the star launches for the year ahead, plus all the crucial details.

Today, we're covering Alfa Romeo to Ferrari, and there's more to come over the next four days.

To find out more details and see hi-res pictures of a car, click on its name.


Alfa Romeo Guilietta

On sale JunePrice £14,800Built on an all-new platform and a little bigger in all dimensions, just a five-door will be offered; the Mito will be Alfa’s three-door hatch.

Aston Martin RapideOn sale MarchPrice £150,000 Aston’s £150k, 470bhp Rapide will offer an exotic take on the Porsche Panamera four-door coupe theme.

Aston Martin One-77On sale SpringPrice £1.2mOne of the world’s most exotic sports cars, the £1.2m carbonfibre One-77, reaches its first owners next spring – and at least 50 of the planned production run of 77 are sold.

Aston Martin CygnetOn sale SeptemberPrice £25,000Aston’s tweaked Toyota iQ city car arrives in September and gets a considerably different exterior, which is characterised by Aston design cues, and a revamped interior.

Ariel Atom V8On sale MarchPrice £120,000The 500bhp V8-powered Atom 500 should finally go into production next March.

Audi R8 SpyderOn sale MayPrice £110,000The open-top R8 will carry a £10k premium over the hard-top version, which makes it the most expensive car that Audi has ever sold.

Audi A1On sale OctoberPrice £14,000Probably the most important new model for Audi in 2010 is the A1 supermini. Based on the Polo and aimed squarely at the Mini, the A1 is likely to be seen first at the Geneva show in March and then launched in the UK in October.

Audi A8On sale MarchPrice £50,000The alloy spaceframe platform is claimed to be all new and the styling sportier but evolutionary.

Audi TT - faceliftA facelift is due for the coupe and the roadster in the autumn; the two-seater could even receive a stop-start system

Bentley MulsanneOn sale MayPrice £200,000The successor to the stately Arnage is a much more modern car and owes nothing to the older saloon. Under the bonnet is a 6.75-litre V8 but, despite having the same capacity, it’s not really related to the 6.75 engine that Bentley has been using since 1959.

BMW X5 - faceliftBig SUV is due a facelift in May, with cosmetic changes to the front and rear, and new engines.

BMW 5-seriesOn sale AprilPrice £27,555 to £49,440The saloon starts the action and is followed in September by the Touring. Developed alongside the new 5-series GT, the platform is all-new and features all-steel construction in place of the hybrid steel/alloy engineering of today’s car.

BMW X1On sale NowPrice £24,205BMW's baby crossover works best in a more basic guise - but it's a compelling drive.

BMW X3On sale OctoberPrice £35,000 Billed as an all-new model, it is based on the next-generation 3-series platform and grows in size to fill the gap between the X5 and new X1. Some sources suggest it may be as big as a Range Rover Sport.

BMW 3-series Coupe/CC On sale MarchPrice from £26,500When the 3-series range was tweaked earlier this year, the Coupe and Convertible missed out.

CadillacThere’s no word from GM about the UK availability of the Cadillac SRX SUV, CTS Coupé and CTS estate, which were meant to be coming in 2010.

Caterham seven cSROn sale SummerPrice £33k-£42kThe 2.3-litre Ford unit that Cosworth tweaks and builds for the Caterham CSR goes out of production next year, so Caterham will have to find a new powerplant. That’s expected to be a tweaked version of the 2.0-litre Duratec, with power ranging from 200 to 250bhp, depending on version.

Citroen C3On sale JanuaryPrice from £15,200Citroën is planning a C3 capable of emitting just 99g/km of CO2 from its new diesel engine

Citroen DS3On sale MarchPrice from £12,500Citroën will take on the Mini in March with the stylish new DS3 hatch. Priced from around £12,500 to £18k to cover the Mini from One to Cooper S, the DS3 will feature three petrol engines and two diesels, co-developed by PSA with BMW.

Citroen C-ZEROOn sale WinterPrice £20,000 Citroën’s take on Mitsubishi’s electric iMiEV is the same car with the double chevron on the nose. A full charge takes six hours and range is 80 miles, top speed is 80mph and 62mph takes 15 seconds.

Chevrolet SparkOn sale MarchPrice £6-£9,000With a choice of 70bhp 1.0 and 84bhp 1.2 petrol engines, the Spark will be marketed as a youthful small car replete with bright exterior paint options.

Chevrolet OrlandoOn sale DecemberPrice £13-£21,000Chevy’s version of the next-generation Zafira is tipped for a Geneva show debut. Featuring blocky styling like the concept’s, the Orlando is expected to score with a highly competitive price/equipment mix.

Chevrolet Captiva - faceliftA mild facelift for the SUV, centred on upgraded Euro 5 engines in Dec; prices from £16,000

Dodge CaliberOn sale WinterPrice £13,500 While Chrysler rebuilds its business, next year’s model plan is up in the air. At some point in 2010, however, a 2.2 diesel Caliber is likely to arrive in the UK.

Fiat TopolinoOn sale Late 2010Price £6000Only a rumour at present, but a new city car could be coming in late 2010, previewed by a concept at the Geneva show.

Fiat Punto EvoOn sale JanuaryPrice £11-£14,000Styling changes spruce up the exterior and a higher-quality fascia, modelled on the Bravo’s, lifts the interior. New engines include a brace of 1.4 Multiair units with 95bhp and 133bhp. There’s also a new 93bhp 1.3 Multijet diesel.

Fiat 500Improved 1.3 Multijet diesel, with an extra 20bhp, makes an appearance in the 500 in February; it’s also due to get a new two-cylinder engine

Ferrari 458 ItaliaOn sale MayPrice £160,000 (est)The replacement for the F430 is not only more thrilling but also much more well rounded; it’s now a bona fide supercar

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29 December 2009

Hmm, I think there's something wrong with me - I am only interested in two cars in this entire list. I want to see if the DS3 is any good and if it sells well. Also I'm interested in the new/upgraded engines in the Fiat 500 and if they're any good. All the rest just aren't doing it for me (seriously, the Cygnet, the A1/A8 *yawn*, another Alfa that won't quite make it, some yank rubbish and a bunch of cars none of us can afford!). Or am I just being cynical, or something?

29 December 2009

nope I have the same thoughts. It seems to odd to think that the only car on this list of interest is the DS3? Good on Citroen. With one Quirky car maker in the brink of extinction Citroen will be the only manufacturer with any balls to push the envelope these days.

31 December 2009

In the past I've read about an estate (Giardiniera?) version of the 500, due in 2010, but it seems to have disappeared now. It would appeal to me as the standard model is a little too small. Wonder if they've changed their minds.

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